Iacapo Ricci

Name: Iacapo Ricci

School: Tussey Mountain

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Tennis

Athlete of the week achievement: Ricci teamed with John Clark to win the District 5-AA doubles tennis championship and also won in No. 1 singles in helping the Titans claim the District 5 team title over Somerset.

Season update: Ricci is 8-5 as a No. 1 singles player and is undefeated as a doubles player. The Titans are 11-2 and play in the PIAA first round today.

Coach Paul Brumbaugh’s quote: “He is an exchange student from Italy. He’s occupied a tough spot at No. 1 singles for us. He plays a steady game. He’s more than willing to wait out shots.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Runk

Favorite subject: Music and math

Favorite movie: “Harry Potter”

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite song: “For Good” from the musical, “Wicked”

Outside interests: Playing piano, drawing

Favorite professional team: Juventus Football Club

Favorite college team: No preference

Pro athlete most admired: Novak Djokovic

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: John Clark

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bedford’s Sebastian Jean-Aluja

Most influential person on my athletic career: Gloria Pizzichini, coach in Italy

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the district team championship.

How I got my start in tennis: “I started two years ago. It has not been a long time. My coach in Italy was really good, and I learned pretty fast.”

Future goal: “I’d like to be a composer for piano music – be a famous musician.”